Bare Branches

On my morning walk, I noticed that the week's rain had knocked most of the remaining leaves off the trees. Even the white oaks, which tend to stubbornly hang on to their leaves until January, were looking surprisingly bare. I was reminded that as much as I love the fall leaf color, winter is actually my favorite time for observing and photographing trees. Who can argue with the beauty of this Europeaan beech in winter?

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